After just six weeks of construction over Route 24, state officials, a legislator, contractors and local leaders celebrated the completion of a $5.6 million bridge replacement project in Berkley.
A ribbon-cutting was held on Monday afternoon at the new Hollis E. Jennings Memorial Bridge, which is commonly known as the Padelford Street Bridge. The new wider bridge replaces a badly deteriorated overpass that was originally built in the 1950s.
The Padelford Street Bridge project was the first state project completed in Massachusetts using performance-based specifications to select the contractor, rather than the traditional bidding process or the design-build method. The performance-based specification process emphasizes rapid construction techniques, and is based on a judging system that gauges the “quality” of the technical proposal compared with price.